From movies featuring Nazi-summoned elves and a loose-cannon Santa Claus and back-to-back local parties in Chapel Hill’s favorite community basement to the annual Festivus Airing of Grievances and family-friendly Christmas fun, there’s no shortage of holiday events to check out this December in Chapel Hill-Carrboro.
The week kicks off tonight, December 18, with a special holiday edition of VHS obsessed and fan favorite film series “Dumpster Dive Cinema.” The recurring event has humble beginnings as a regular Tuesday night feature at The Station, but this double feature of “Elves” and “Silent Night, Deadly Night 2” will be happening at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room. The event is free, as always, and guests are encouraged to talk, boo, comment and thoroughly roast both of these choice holiday horrors.
Friday, December 23, will see a Festivus celebration taking place at Bottle Rev, complete with an hourly competition for “Best Airing of Grievances” that will reward angry and eloquent patrons with $5 off their tab. Feats of Drinking Strength will also be in play, with guests drinking from a porrón and able to openly challenge other guests. So rally ‘round the traditional unadorned aluminum pole, because it’s time for a Festivus for the rest of us, full of miracles and appropriate lighting.
PlayMakers is playing host to a one-man rendition of the classic “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens. Until December 23, evening audiences will be treated to an intimate re-telling of the timeless tale by Ray Dooley, the head of the Professional Actor Training Program at UNC and noted actor of both stage and screen. Dooley will be channeling every character, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, for a full 95 minutes each night starting at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to come early to listen to live holiday music performed in the lobby and sample some spirit-warming hot chocolate, as well.
Those looking for a celebration that leans a little more raucous will certainly find that at The Cave. Saturday, December 23, guests will find the annual Evil Weiner X-Mas Extravaganza. The only way to know what that entails is to attend, but a central question is whether you’re an “idiot who stayed home or a totally boss player who went to the Evil Weiner Christmas Show”? For a quick preview, you can check out Evil Weiner’s Christmas EP here.
On top of that, the next night — Christmas Eve proper — at The Cave promises even more holiday cheer. Local duo Pastel Panties will be featured along with their particular brand of “girly and gritty bluegrass harmonies inspired by whiskey, broken hearts, Blue Ridge mountains and swamps.” Christmas Eve at The Cave promises to be full of music, drinks and cookies – all great things to celebrate the season with.